HIDCO urges British Council to showcase Tagore’s works along the bank of River Thames
Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) has proposed to the British Council to show works of Rabindranath Tagore along the bank of river Thames like Shakespeare walk as a part of the UK-India cultural exchange programme.
HIDCO has proposed to make short documentaries, each around 10 minutes duration on the life and works of Tagore which will be shown to those who come to take a walk along the bank of river Thames. It will be very close to Shakespeare walk.
Young Rabindranath had been to England and has jotted down many of his pleasant memories from those days. His works are also being studied by some scholars in England. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is an avid reader of Tagore’s works particularly poetry and she often quotes from Tagore in public meeting. She has proposed to set up a university in Tagore’s favourite place Santiniketan.
Shakespeare Walk introduced by British Council has achieved great success globally to mark his 400th death anniversary. The works of Shakespeare have been shown through giant LCD screens. Each theme spans for 10 minutes. There are scenes from the plays like As You Like It, Macbeth etc. Interviews of scholars on Shakespeare have been shown. This has created great impact among the younger generation, many of whom have started reading Shakespeare.
Shakespeare Walk had great impact in Kolkata when it was shown in Eco Park. Around 4.50 lakh people watched it over 7 days. Alan Glemmel, head of British Council was present at the inauguration of the show.